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Mel Asberry is an experienced Designated Airworthiness Representative specializing in Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. He and his wife, Ann, have built seven amateur-built airplanes including two ultralight types, a Moni Motorglider, a Dragonfly Mk2, two RV-6s and a Zenair CH 601HDS. They are currently building a scratch-built biplane.

What’s the DAR’s Role?

Question: I know that you are active on the Van’s Air Force (VAF) site, so I thought I might direct some questions to you...

A Highly Modified Gyroplane and a Piper, Christavia, Bearhawk, Zenith Mashup?

Question: I am building a gyroplane from pieces of an RAF 2000. I will be building my own frame with dropped keel and main...

Changing the Propeller, Can I Add Seats?

Question: I am upgrading the propeller on my aircraft and was wondering if you might be able to help me out. My situation is...

Ask the DAR

Heeding manufacturer overhaul times, about the repairman certificate.

Ask the DAR

Modifying different types of Light Sport Aircraft, updating Phase II operating limitations.

25+ Years with an RV-6

The story of N168TX.

Ask the DAR

Licensing a partially completed project. Does major repair work count as building?

Ask the DAR

Hiring a professional build center to build an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.

Ask the DAR

LSA weight increase, compass requirements, gyroplane DARs, E/A-B inspector eligibility.

Ask the DAR

Repairman certificate eligibility, who to list as the manufacturer, installing ADS-B equipment.

In Case You Missed it

17 Kits For Under $25K

Building economically can be done, but you’re going to be part of the cost savings.

Letters

Distress SignalI just received the February 2009 edition and dove into its contents with...

Viewfinder

Mark Cook revisits George Happs RANS S-19 project to see how the Rotax 914 installation has panned out.

The Misfire

The Usual Suspect, Part 1.